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the united states as the world's top financier of terrorism before he was implicated in planning and directing terrorist attacks himself. before his own al qaeda plots bin laden was thought to have been the money man behind high profile attacks like the tower bombings in saudi arabia in 1996 or the first world trade center bombing in 1993. he was international terrorism's money guy. here's how nbc news first reported on osama bin laden back in 1997. watch this. >> this guerrilla warrior operates like the c.e.o. of a fortune 500 company. funding and supporting violence against the west and its allies. call it terror inkr. private jets, swiss bank accounts. he gives orders via the internet. as good a capitalist as he is a terrorist. >> he was not a terrorist per se. he's the guy in the background pulling the strings. >> that was msnbc 1997.
the first reason osama bin laden became the world's terrorist kingpin was money. the second reason he became the world's terrorist kingpin also money. but in a different way. osama bin laden's father who was a construction mogul in saudi arabia he died when bin laden was about 10 years old. he left behind a hefty, but undisclosed fortune. that gave osama bin laden not only a lot of his own money, but it also gave him access to the megarich saudi elite. he grew up playing with saudi princes and sheiks. he had his own stable of horses by the time he was 15 years old. that became the key not only to his direct financial power, but to his mystique. to what made him ince rational in the extremist world to the myth of imhim. bin laden used to brag when the russians invaded afghanistan, the saudi government wanted to send a prince. the saudi president wanted to send somebody from the royal family. when they couldn't get a saudi royal to go to afghanistan to be
an inspirational figure supporting the muslim fighters against the communists there. they picked osama bin laden who was essentially saudi royalty even if he wasn't actually from the royal family. those were the roots of his inspiration ral power. this rich guy. this almost unimaginably rich guy with unimaginably rich friends could be doing anything. could be doing anything with all his money and influence. but he went and lived among the humanable fighters in afghanistan fighting against the communists. he funded that insurgentsy. he raised funds for his rich friends. he may have fought himself, but nobody really knows. the insurgentsy ultimately wins. the soviets go home. the soviet union collapses shortly thereafter. this pious, humble by choice rich kid gets to be the folk hero. when we think about osama bin laden, we think about mayhem. and war and perverted pseudoowe
theology. when bin laden talked about what he was doing and why, he was always talking about money. even at times you really would not expect him to be so money focused, he talked about money. money is always how he explained what he was doing and what he and al qaeda were trying to accomplish. one month after the september 11th attacks in october twun, osama bin laden gave an interview to al jazeera. in that interview he explained the effect of the 9/11 attacks as follows, quote, the losses on wall street amounted to 16% and they said that this was a record loss that had never happened since the market opened more than 230 years ago. such a huge collapse had never happened before. the capital in circulation in this market amounts to $4 trillion. if we multiply 16% by $4 trillion to find out the losses that their shares suffered we find that it is $640 billion. this is what they lost in one hour. the daily gross national income in the united states is $20 billionle on the first week after the attacks they did not
work at all because of the slojical shock even to this very day some people do not go to work because of the enormous shock. he goes on and on and on about money. bin laden in this interview a month after 9/11. he goes into great detail about layoffs in the airline industry. layoffs in the hotel industry. name checking specific hotel chains. ultimately he adds it all up and says by his sketchy terrorist math that he thought that his great victory of the 9/11 attacks was that they cost the united states more than $1 trillion. that's what he saw the victory as. that's how he was talking in the first month after the 9/11 attacks. after that, even though bin laden loomed very large in everything that americans were thinking about, he didn't actually release many other video recordings. there was that one right after 9/11. a month afterwards. a number of audio messages that he put out over the next few years. it wasn't until 2004 right before the george w. bush, john
kerry presidential election that bin laden dramatically released another long videotaped statement. again what did he talk about in that statement? he talked about money. reflecting again on the 9/11 attacks. bin laden said quote, al qaeda spent $500,000 on the event while america on the incident and its aftermath lost according to the lowest estimates more than $500 billion. at this point it is more than three years after 9/11 and he is still tallying up and bragging about the financial cost of the attack on the united states. the financial cost is what's in the front of his mind. when americans think about the 9/11 attacks do we think, those sure were expensive? that is not really the way that we tallied up the cost. but that is the way that he tallied it up. that is the way he consistently explained kooid kied's overall -- al qaeda's overall strategy. something that looked to us insane blood thirsty. from his perspective it was
economic. and it was economically rational. bin laden saying in 2004 quote, we are continuing this policy in bleeding america to the point of bankruptcy. as for the economic deficit, it has reached astronomical numbers estimated to total more than $1 trillion. the real loser is you, the american people and their economy. according to bin laden the goal of al qaeda was to bleed america to the point of bankruptcy. that was his grand strategy. our good friend ezra kline at "the washington post" wrote about this today saying quote, for bin laden success was to be measured in deficits in borrowing costs in investments were weren't able to make in our country's continued economic strength. a month ago, a month before osama bin laden was killed the congressional research service published a report which seemed to me to be the most conservative possible accounting for the cost of iraq, afghanistan and other global war on terror operations since 9/11.
by their very conservative estimate just things like veterans health care and the wars themselves directly cost about $1.3 trillion since 9/11. and $1.4 trillion if the president's budget for next year is approved. i say that's conservative because nobel prize writing economist wrote a book about just the iraq war that was titled "the $3 trillion war." again, just for iraq not even talking about afghanistan. and not even talking about everything else we have spent so much on as a country because 9/11 happened. because of what al qaeda did. money that we would not have necessarily spent otherwise. last year "the washington post" published a remarkable information called "top secret america" chronicling how much money we have poured into defense and security over the last decade. i've gone back to this series again and again since they first push lished it. the pentagon's intelligence agency has gone from 7500
employees in 2002 to 16,500 today. the budget of the national security agency which conducts electronic eavesdropping doubled. 35 fbi terrorism joint task forces 35 became 106. on the grounds of the st. elizabeth mental hospital a homeland department building will rise from the crumbling wards. the largest government complex built since the pentagon. 24 government organizations were created by the end of 2001. in 2002, 37 more were created to coordinate the new focus on counterterrorism. that was followed the next year by 36 new organizations. and 26 after that and 31 more. and 32 more. and 20 or more each in 2007, 2008 and 2009. when 9/11 happened at the u.s. national debt was this -- the day that osama bin laden was finally killed nearly ten years
later this was the debt. reflecting hugely of course the great recession caused by the financial sector. consider the historically massive u.s. defense budget doubled since 2001. the u.s. intelligence budget who knows? we didn't having in called the department of homeland security budget when 9/11 happened. now we do. it got $42 billion last year. the investment in innovation and energy and human capital and sacrifice that america has put into security over the past ten years is really mind bending. it really reflects a massive national effort. and maybe there's waste and fraud and abuse. and maybe a lot of that money has gone down a rat hole or spider hole. even if you do not -- even if you do not take that talk on it. even if it hasn't. say you're being totally uncritical about the character of that spending. if you're just trying to be honest about how much of it there has been, what is the effect of that type of massive
reorganization of american priority? what is the effect of that on the strength of our country? on the economic strength of our country? in 1999 before 9/11 this was median household income in america. here's what happened in the years since 9/11. median household income has dropped by 5%. as that average income has sunk over the past decade, the basic cost of living has gone off the charts. here's what happened to health care costs over the last decade. the average annual premiums for a family in 2000 just over $6,000. in 2010 $13,000. home heating oil, basics. february 2000, a gallon was $1.35. now that will be $3.88 a gallon, please. as incomes in this country have stayed flat and as the basic, basic costs of living have gone up, making the median american family materially more poor, we've also seen things like our education results decline. in 2000 the u.s. ranked 14th in science and 18th in math.
by 2009 the u.s. was down to 17th in science and 25th in math. the results of all of this? lower wages, higher living costs, poorer education, results is the middle class in this country disintegrating? income in equality is the worse than it has been in decades. the u.s. leading the way in income inequality. as a measure of america's strength the modern impossiblity of the middle class is not something to feel romantic or wisful or idea logical about. it is worthying about whether or not america has a strong resilient economy. reach people being really reach does not give you a strong economy. that's feudalism with cable. one of the great granular legacies of the last ten years of american priority is four of the five wealthiest counties in the country are now in the washington d.c. beltway.
the forbes list says fairfax county virginia is home to company with strong connections to intelligence agencies like the cia and national counterterrorism center. all that spending does buy you something. buys you something here at home in addition to buying you something abroad. osama bin laden's stated goal for the 9/11 attacks was to cause us to spend ourselves into oblivion. his goal was to do something cheap and rad dalical and traumatizing to cause us to react in a way that bankrupted us. what they couldn't take down by force or by idea logical competition we would take down ourselves by panic. osama bin laden, i'm happy to say is now dead. and now we have a choice to make about whether the next decade of spending and policy and priority will be one that makes us stronger, or one that gets us back to competing on our own terms for our own goals. joining us now is eugene robinson. gene, thank you so much for being here.
>> it's great to be here, rachel. >> is there a political opportunity post bin laden to shift priority, to shift our security priority to include economic security and economic strength? >> there should be that opening. and maybe there will be, rachel. it's, you know, it will take a while i think to absorb the death of bin laden and to kind of figure out what page we have turned. i was at the -- in front of the white house the other night on sunday night after the announcement had been made. everybody talked about turning a page, but not about to what. and so let's see. that's one thing that i think this ought to represent an opportunity to redirect some of the resources to where they're desperately needed. >> did the way though -- the way that we have spent money on security particularly on defense
contracting and intelligence contracting in the past decade have we over ten years created a class of powerful people and powerful rich companies who have benefitted so much from the way we spent money after 9/11 that they'll now be this great interest group that's really able to stop any shift away from those spending priorities? >> you bet. you bet we have. you talked about that expansion. you noted that four of the five richest counties are right here in the washington area. you're going to have not just those companies but electric -- elected representatives from around here lobbying i think probably fierce ly -- have branchs and operations in other parts of the country as well. eisenhower talked about the
military industrial complex. i think this is a variation of that only bigger. >> what do you think is going to happen to the debate about the afghanistan war after bin laden's death? obviously we're due for another round of debate about the war anyway. not only because it's getting dislocate from the traditional left/right access. we're having more and more republicans coming out and saying it's time for the war to be wound down. also july is supposed to be when the extra surge troops that president obama sent are supposed to start coming home. do you think the debate about the war is going to be any different now in the wake of bin laden's death? >> i think this definitely changes the debate. i think people will say mission accomplished. we went there to -- remember the reason we went there was al qaeda. we drove them out. we decimated the organization. now we have killed osama bin laden. it's time at the very least to reduce our presence there, to reduce our footprint and to find
a way out. i think this gives ammunition and probably considerable popular support to those who want a real retrechment of the u.s. position in afghanistan and not just a token withdrawal. >> eugene robinson mbz politics cat analyst. gene, it is always great to see you. thanks my friend. >> great to be here, rachel. >> one piece of information, the one thing on which almost everyone now agrees is that osama bin laden is dead. beyond that there are the incredible, compelling, thrilling narratives of what happened in the siege that killed him. how that all happened. the stories all feature tenacious spy work, daring decision making and superhuman courage. that said the stories are all different. the stories all say that different things happened. different people did stuff. different numbers of people did stuff. they did stuff in different
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if you have been reading about all the incredible spy novelly details that are coming out about the u.s. raid on the compound in pakistan where osama bin laden was living, then you know that the operation was carried out by 79 american commandos in four helicopters. by which i mean, two helicopters, two backups, 79 commandos and a dog by which i
mean 24 knavy s.e.a.l.s in two helicopters. make that two blackhawks ultimately followed by a third helicopter, a chinook that was sent to the scene for emergency support. while we're on the subject of emergency support. what was the emergency? good question. it must have been that one of those helicopters came crashing down and rolled on to its side for reasons the government has yet to explain. by which of course, i mean that one of those four or two helicopters had a mechanical failure and tumbled into a courtyard. its tail clipping a 12-foot wall. to say one of those four, or was it two helicopters stalled and would not take off. once the raid was underway, one man held an unidentified woman live tlg as a shield while firing at the americans. both were killed. by which i mean an armed osama bin laden took cover behind a woman who was his wife. which is to say osama bin laden was not armed at all and his wife was not killed. rather a different woman in a different part of the compound was killed in cross fire.
this is what an evolving story looks like. the basic facts you're getting about the raid on the compound where osama bin laden was living and where he died, those basic facts have been wholly dependent over the last few days on where and when you are getting your information. spoiler alert, it does not look any prettier when you dress it up and put it on the television machine. evolving news stories, evolve. and they do it in a supermessy looking way sometimes. at 1:30 monday morning pakistani time, two blackhawk helicopters. >> two helicopters. >> two blackhawks brought this team in. >> the raid began with four u.s. military helicopters. >> you see the two helicopters. >> four helicopters, two blackhawks and two chinooks. >> half past midnight three u.s. helicopters flying low under pakistani radar sooer reeed in on the compound. >> the compound where bin laden was found surrounded by seven-foot walls. >> walls as high as 18-foo-feet
topped with barbed wire. >> walled topped with razor wire. >> it had 12 to 178-foot walls lined with barbed wire. >> right up to one of those 18-foot walls which surrounded the compound. >> carried about 25 s.e.a.l.s to the compound with a second team as backup. >> two dozen commandos arriving overhead. >> approximately 24 navy s.e.a.l.s repelled into bin laden's heavily guarded compound. >> incredible new details about how 40 members of navy s.e.a.l.s team six took bin laden's compound. >> as dons-of commandos set up a prim tir, delta force and navy s.e.a.l.s stormed the compound. >> osama bin laden had a code name gentlemen nom mow. >> nbc news has learned exclusively the cold words used during the operation, a u.s. official says bin laden was called jackpot. okay. and the term to indicate a successful kill or capture for bin laden was geronimo. >> we i.d.ed geronimo. geronimo was the code name for
the mission to get osama bin laden. >> this is a story with a moral so to speak. an object lesson. the lesson is this, the exact details of an evolving story are not the place to sweep out your idea logical argument. there's nothing wrong with understood those different facts at different times. there's nothing wrong in that reporting. if you are thinking about trying to use one of the many emerging details fluid details from the osama bin laden story to advance whatever your particular prepackaged political point might be about torture or intelligence or interrogation or the presidency of george w. bush or global warming or light rail or whatever, caution. think twice. think three times. whether it is the fog of war or sloppiness or we're just going to have to be patient about this, it is clear that we do not yet have the definitive account
of what happened in pakistan. of the events that led to osama bin laden's death. and if you try to use what you think is a really great detail from the reporting on that operation to advance a political pont, it could turn out tomorrow that that detail is not true. or someone just as authorityive who reported it today will be out with new reporting in the opposition point tomorrow. you with your posturing you will look foolish if you have a conscious about looking foolish. there are a lot of questions that we just do not have the answers to yet. one of them is where the information came from that led to the courier that led u.s. intelligence sources to that compound in pakistan where they killed osama bin laden. "the new york times" reports today that al qaeda leaders in u.s. custody. cha lead sheik mohammed and al qaeda's operation chief claim they've never heard of the courier. the associated press reporting that mohammed confirmed knowing the courier, but denied he had anything to be the al qaeda.
"the washington post" reporting that other detainees pointed cia interrogators to a courier. clearly we do not have the definitive account of whether the information came from that led to osama bin laden. but we will get to the bottom of what we do know next with a very important source. with malcolm nance the chief of training at the navy's survival evasion school. he testified in front of congress about how u.s. interrogators ended up water boarding and why. boarding and why. please stay tuned for that. maxwell house believes so. that's why we've partnered with rebuilding together to help revitalize communities in need. vote for your community at maxwellhouse.com.
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. can you confirm that it was as a result of water boarding that we learned what we needed to learn to go after bin laden? >> you know, brian, in the intelligence business you work from a lot of sources of information. and that was true here. we had a multiple source -- a multiseries of sources that provided information with regards to this situation. clearly some of it came from detainees and the interrogation of detainees. we also had information from other sources as well. from intelligence, from imagery, from other sources that we had assets on the ground. it was a combination of all of that that ultimately we were able to put together that led us to that compound. so, it's a little difficult to say it was due just to one source of information that we
got. >> cia director leon panetta saying today that there were multiple sources of intelligence that ultimately beat the path to osama bin laden. at this point and maybe forever after, it is hard to know exactly where the key information came from that led to him. that has not stopped people of competing idealogical stripes from using this week's news to support their own arguments that their way was the way that public enemy number one was brought to justice. people saying torture worked. or torture didn't work at all. while i am sympathetic to those arguments and have them all the time, how could anybody really know the connection of those arguments to the facts at this point? malcolm nance is a former master instructor and chief of instructor at the navy sears school. he has testified in front of congress that wart boarding is torture. he's experienced it himself. he's a consultant on counterterrorism and terrorism intelligence for the u.s. government. he's an author of a book.
malcolm, nice to see you again. >> always a pleasure. >> let me start by asking you how you felt when you heard? >> well, when i finally stopped creaming because i witnessed the pentagon attack. i was right across the river from it and watched the airplane fly into the building. it was very personal for me. it's also spent ten years taking up the time of thousands and thousands of u.s. service members and their families and my family's had to suffer over this, too. but we're very relieved that this one component of al qaeda that we finally put the nail in the coffin of al qaeda. and now the infrastructure's going to come tumbling down and we can see what else we can do. >> you think the infrastructure of al qaeda that bin laden was so important oz the linchpin or based on the fact that we got intelligence from where we killed him? >> both of those things. first off, osama bin laden is the idealogical grew to what al qaeda believes. al qaeda was not just the man, it was the entire infrastructure
that he had built about this philosophy of taking over the muslim world and then the world and creating this clash of civilizations where islam will defeat democracy. not only was he overtaken by events recently in the middle east with democracy throughout the muslim word. which had nothing to do with al qaeda. not one word of his philosophy was used in that. he's dead. now his followers. his hangers on, his lieutenants they have to justify their very existence in an islamic world that has prufed that islamic democracy does not need violence, doesn't need anything that he was offering at this point. with that u.s. intelligence found a treasure-trove of everything that he practically owned. whatever communications methodology he was using in there, human intelligence, face-to-face communications, a diary or notes or just had something in his role decks. we have it now. an the al qaeda organization has no clue as to what we have.
>> in terms, there will never be anything as big for us as killing bin laden. we are all on the edge of our seats to see the way that u.s. forces are going to be able to exploit any intelligence that they got there. as that moves forward, we're left trying to figure out what they exploited to get as far as they did. what do you make about the debate about whether or not enhanced interrogation techniques were key to getting this information that led to bin lad snn. >> that's ridiculous. okay. first off, this intelligence the fresh. this occurred eight months ago, almost nine months ago. what this really is, what you've seen, what the united states citizens and the world have seen, you have seen pure and litical intelligence processes come together and what director panetta was trying to say is multidimensional intelligence was fused together. we put box around people. we got hints about who was important. who was not important. we got little bits of data
whether it came from an interrogation that was soft or probably an interrogation that was relatively fresh. and we had these names and we sifted through every name many the al qaeda association book and with that we started processing each one and started putting surveillance on them. whether that came from the pakistani themselves with people and their special branch following them around 40, 50 guys following them from here to here, or whether from signals intelligence, or whether from geospatial intelligence where we analyzed the terrain. or whether we actually had eyes on that person following them 24/7 using a satellite or a drone. a lot of resources came together in this operation and once we put that box around these people, they had to move and they had to move to where they were operating from. in the mountains, moving down into a town, and then moving to this compound. once they started going in and out of this compound, each one of those nodes, each one of
those residences, each one of tease places they visited, systems came down on them and we analyzed them. the imagery nl lists noticed there were very different characteristics of this residence inside near the pakistan military academy that were similar to type of compound he had had in afghanistan. i had been to his house after the tora bora operation. a similar compound. very high walls, very austere conditions. but it was beautifully placed to be someplace that was close to a facility that no one would suspect. but khalid sheik mohammed put his safe house next to a military center. others the same thing. it was an operation profile. once we determined who was coming into this little box, you could put surveillance assets on it and around it. eneven if they had gone outside the box, you can look and see who's there and when they're doing operations out of there.
it's really, really pure, raw intelligence power that went in here and great shout out to all the service members in the u.s., the central intelligence agency, defense intelligence agency and all the military service intelligence elements skblchl somebody who's been involved in the training of those folks. a shout out back to you. malcolm nance former chief of training at the navy sears school. i've been wanting to talk to you about this since i learned about it. thanks for coming in. it's great to see you. >> my pleasure. >> we'll be right back. [ airplane engine whines ] [ grunts ] [ dog barking ]
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last night as americans learned that the united states had carried out an operation that resulted in the capture and death of osama bin laden -- [ applause ] >> i think we experienced the same sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11. we were reminded again that there is a pride in what this nation stands for. and what we can achieve that runs far deeper than party, far deeper than politics. and so tonight it is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face. >> president obama speaking to a bipartisan congressional gathering last night getting a big bipartisan standing ovation and calling for unity for an
effort even in congress to supersede our divisions to work together. he talks about that all the time. even in the middle of intense political fighting he insists on his trademark let's all come together message. to an extent that admittedly has made liberals like me a little crazy. in times like this one, the president here announcing the death of osama bin laden at american hands, president obama's talk about unity does reflect a real palpable feeling in a lot of the country as well as the emotional power of this event of how much it means to all of us that osama bin laden is finally gone. is this a powerful enough moment for us as a country that it could start to bridge another gap that we've got that isn't about politics? on 9/11 there was a nation mourning and a nation in shock, but there was a subset of us as a country who were families and loved ones of the individuals who were killed that day. since 9/11 our nation has been at war for the whole decade, but it has been a tiny proportion of
us who have fought those wars and whose families and loved ones have seen their families and loved ones fight those wars. in this emotional moment that we're having about osama bin laden's death and 9/11 ten years on, is there a way for the nation to close the gap? to do right by the small number of americans who have bjorn a disproportionate share of the burden over the past ten years. joining us now is a woman who's son was the first to sacrifice. mark bingham was one of the first passengers on flight 93 who fought back against the hijackers which is believed to force the plane into a field in pennsylvania instead of the likely target in washington, d.c. alice, thank you so much for joining us tonight. >> thank you, rachel. it's a real pleasure to hear you articulate the issues so well. >> thank you. can i just start by just asking how you felt and what you've been thinking about since you learn that had bin laden had been killed? >> well, it started out with a
cautious hope. and it turned to real optimism and i was very gratified to hear the bipartisan members of congress cheer and applaud because to tell you the truth i am very glad that osama bin laden is dead and not in the world anymore. i think the world is well rid of him. i am so grateful to our past bths bill clinton and george w. bush who began in ardent effort to capture osama bin laden. i am thrilled to death that president obama has been able to accomplish that. i am so grateful to him. i am very grateful to leon panetta who had the courage to gather the intelligence and be willing to take a bullet for this operation if it failed. but was fortunately spared that because his any va s.e.a.l.s those kourchs men were able to execute a mission so well, such a good surgical strike.
>> did you know that it would be important for you for bin laden to be kptured or killed before it happened? is it something that you thought about before it happened? >> rachel, you hit on it. i did not allow myself to think about it. i realized that the capture or death of osama bin laden had been downplayed probably in the fear that it wouldn't happen. now that it has happened i have to admit that i'm very relieved. it seems like such good counterpoint to the brutal and unfocused and miserable mass murder that osama bin laden inflicted upon americans. to have him surgically removed, excised by american bullets, i was -- it seems very just and good. and president obama is right, we have every reason to be -- to take the moral high ground on this and to be glad that we can now look to this death as a way to -- to renew our life and our
our search for reconciliation with our muslim brothers. >> 9/11 changed our history so much as a country. do you think there are ways we could do better by the people most directly affected? veterans and military family that is fought and also 9/11 family members like you. are there things we could be doing. >> my heart goes out to those who fought and died and came back maimed. they have beefing up their work to help those who are home with us and recooperating. there is really no just compensation for family members who lost loved ones. there certainly is no real way of compensating, for giving your life for your country. i am not -- i am -- i am satisfied with our our
government has done. i think they have shoulders responsibility in the form of the victim's compensation fund that they should not have shouldered. the other groups, the airlines involved should take responsibility for the deficiencies they have perpetrated. i am satisfied with the actions and behavior of the united states government. on the other hand, i am very sensitive to what others went through. thank you for talking to us at a time like this. i'm sure it's a very emotional thing at this time in particular. thank you. >> you're welcome. coming up next, the good news is you are being promoted. the bad news, you have osama bin laden's new job. wait until you hear how people feel about you. the new guy in charge of al qaeda and how hosed he is in taking that job. that's next. ♪
you can argue that osama bin laden was the most hated man in america. he's the name we know on the most wanted list. he sparked dancing in the streets on sunday. violent death of human being terrific news for once. you can argue as hated as he was in this country, he was irrelevant in the arab world. using terrorism considered a relic by the young people age at a timed to oust him and replace them with democracy. he hated democracy. the few who made up his following in the world, he was a charismatic leader. a cult of personality. with his personal myth and
oodles of family money, he was tall and rugged and a good talker, especially when he was talking about himself, which he always was. he forsaked his life in a wealthy family. dressing like him, welcoming the comparison. what was so awesome about the book by bin laden's ex-wife was he smoked a lot of pot and lusted after whitney houston. don't you think it drove him nuts it was out there. al qaeda is still here. the good news is the man likely to succeed bin laden as their leader, whatever bin laden had, this guy does not have it. >> the number two is not charismatic. he was not involved in the fights early on in afghanistan. i think he has lot of detractors in the organization.
i think they will start to eat themselves from within more and more. >> the white house terror adviser mr. john brennan. >> he's the guy sitting next to bin laden here. always trying to prove himself. he's been his second in command in al qaeda since 1998. by a bunch of different accounts, he's not a likable terrorist. he is from egypt. in al qaeda, that's not good. an fbi special agent who interviewed many wrote all though al qaeda recruits come from many countries, apparently, it's everybody who is not egyptian against everyone who is egyptian. sucker games put egyptians against arabs. soccer. they can't do shirts versus skins so it's everyone in shirts
versus the egyptian guys in shirts. why is being an egyptian a strike against you in al qaeda? i do not know, but it is. it sounds like cause for disunity in al qaeda. it's great news for the rest of the world. also in a post 9/11 world of an already fragmented al qaeda, the work of power and authority the way bin laden did, there's never been another leader. it will fall to mr. not so charismatic, mr. egypt and being on the run. from on the run, when he's been able to put out statements in the past few years, they have served to annoy other radicals to hitch al qaeda's wagon to other unrelated movements that want nothing to do with him. "the new york times" says he issued five recordings with
precisely zero success. it's probably why he tried five times to do it. he apologized for being behind the curve on developments in the arab world. a result of being on the run, he said. or maybe the result of being the home office nag whom everyone hates. brookings reporting that he is most known in al qaeda for berating other groups like egypt's muslim brotherhood because they stray from the true path he follows. he is widely believed to have ratted out the muslim brotherhood and others 30 years ago when he was in prison in egypt. a rat. i'm sure that's very popular in the ruthless international ter ris world. we are all waiting to see what the u.s. will do with the hard drive, the intel they collected from the house. maybe they will use it to roll up al qaeda central